July, 2020

Communication skills for online success

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post by Steve Kosch, a former ABC and CNN anchor (that’s him on the left), and a globally recognized expert communication skills trainer. For 10 more awesome tips to help you “Nail It” in your next presentation, go to mediatrainingnetwork.com.

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Public Speaking Training – The Essential Guide

Manner of Speaking

Why invest in public speaking training? The ability to speak well in public and share a message that is clear, compelling and that moves people to take action is a critical business skill. Companies like Microsoft, LinkedIn, Fast Company and other have conducted surveys in which they asked heads of companies and organizations the question: What are the skills you look for in potential future leaders of your company or organization?

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Beginning a Speech or Presentation – Four More Tips

Matt Eventoff

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” – Will Rogers. This quote certainly holds true for speeches, presentations, group meetings and any other public speaking opportunity that exists. Your opening often determines just how much of your presentation the audience is going to “tune in” for. If the first impression the audience has is “B-O-R-I-N-G’ there is little chance of the presentation effectively reaching that audience. »

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7 Systems to Grow Your Speaking Business

Speaker Launcher

If you have found yourself with some extra room in your schedule over the past several months, now is the perfect time to focus on improving your business processes and systems.

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Commit to Continuous Learning and Up Your Game at Any Age

DeFinis Communications

Recently I attended a Zoom birthday party for the 99-year-old father of a dear friend. Everyone in attendance—three generations of his family members—were in their own homes. Doug and his wife (also in her 90s) were totally unassisted by the younger crowd yet were using Zoom like pros.

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Toxic Leadership at the Workplace: What Makes a Leader Toxic?

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When it comes to leadership, the general idea is to often discuss aspects such as what makes a good leader or how can a leader be effective at the workplace? There are many articles centered around what can be deemed as a discussion about ‘good leadership’.

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PowerPoint has photos again! And a lot more…

PowerPoint Tips

If you have Office 365 — now called Microsoft 365, confusingly — you might have noticed that after several years without photos, they’ve come back! Actually, they aren’t the same photos, but better quality ones.

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Nelson Mandela: Lessons for Future Orators

Matt Eventoff

* First appeared in The Atlantic Post. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”. – Nelson Mandela, 1994. Nelson Mandela’s life, legacy and contributions to humanity will be studied for generations to come. » » Read more. The post Nelson Mandela: Lessons for Future Orators appeared first on Princeton Public Speaking.

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4 Keys to Selling Profitable Virtual Speaking Engagements

Speaker Launcher

Living in a pandemic may be one of the most bizarre, upsetting, and disruptive times we will ever live through. It has caused all of us to make major changes in our everyday lives and in our businesses. Many in my world have brilliantly transitioned to virtual work.

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Less is More! How Working Mothers Can Reduce the Stress of Online Meetings

DeFinis Communications

Leading a virtual presentation from the quiet of your kitchen table is challenging enough.

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The 6 Key Principles of Effective Stakeholder Management

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What is a Stakeholder? The Key Types of Stakeholders. How to Create a Stakeholder Management Strategy. Identify the Main Stakeholders and Analyze Their Needs and Goals. Identify the Power, Support, and Influence of Stakeholders. Gauge How Much Support and Influence You Will Need. Plan Your Tactics.

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Dr. Fox Effect: The Power of Captivating Speakers

Duarte Blog

As a facilitator of communication workshops, I’ve seen that many of our clients aspire to bridge the gap from expert to thought leader. To be a thought leader, one needs to not only have ideas that stand out, but they must also communicate those ideas effectively to the world.

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What Are the Simple Rules that Help Us Design Better Visual Aids? – Part Two

Presentation Guru

You don’t need to be a PowerPoint expert to create great slides. They are a simple set of rules for you to follow in every presentation that you make, and the rules are: Remove clutter. Replace bullet points wherever you can. Present only one idea per slide and one idea at a time.

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Public Speaking Experts – Demosthenes, Part 1

Matt Eventoff

Public speaking expert is a title that carries tremendous weight. Demosthenes, public speaking expert of the 4th century BC, is one of the legendary Greek orators. Some of his most famous (and my favorite) addresses of his relate to his opposition to King Phillip II of Macedon. Although he passed away in 322 BC, Demosthenes is relevant to 21st century orators because of his dedication to practice and preparation. Demosthenes’ dream was to be a great orator, » Read more.

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Selling Speeches Under Fire with Amy Franko

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “Make decisions from where you want to be, instead of from where you are.” Amy Franko Working well when things in our personal life are in turmoil isn’t easy, but sometimes the show must go on.

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Less is More! How Working Mothers Can Reduce the Stress of Online Meetings

DeFinis Communications

Leading a virtual presentation from the quiet of your kitchen table is challenging enough.

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Employee Engagement: 6 Strategies That Work

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Happy and productive employees are good for business. It’s a fact. However, few workplaces managed to maintain high engagement levels. In 2020, 49% of workers stated that they are disengaged, according to Gallup’s latest data. In other words, they feel no psychological attachment to their job or the employer, and, as a result, have low-to-no motivation for doing the best work.

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10 Ways That Improving Your Public Speaking Will Help Your Career

Duarte Blog

You can find trends reports and predictions from LinkedIn, Google, and even Mark Cuban that will tell you that “hard skills” will only get you so far in your career. But it’s “soft skills” like critical thinking, empathy, collaboration, and communication that organizations want in their new hires and leaders — and you’ll need them [.] continue reading. The post 10 Ways That Improving Your Public Speaking Will Help Your Career appeared first on Duarte.

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Getting Around the Law of Supply & Demand in Freelancing - Don't Sell Your Labor for Peanuts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those in the gig economy, including newly displaced journalists, have noticed this: Compensation is down. Frequently dramatically. That's how it is. And it extends across almost all the sectors, be they law or project management. 

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Princeton University, President Wilson and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

“What is the object of oratory? Its object is persuasion and conviction…”. – Woodrow Wilson, The Princetonian, 1877. Princeton and public speaking have a long, storied history together. Princeton was also home to a public speaking expert and a student of the art of public speaking. This expert also happened to be a President. In Princeton, the fingerprints of President Woodrow Wilson are evident everywhere. » » Read more.

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PR Strategies to Book More Business with Courtney Love Gavin

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “I just want to make PR a lot more approachable and people to know that it’s not a luxury.” Courtney Love Gavin Public relations and publicity differ in that PR is controlled internally, whereas publicity is not controlled and is contributed by external parties.

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How to Recover When Your Virtual Presentation Goes Off Track

DeFinis Communications

It happens to even the best of us: You’re leading a virtual presentation and you see signs that things aren’t going well. People are visibly distracted. They’re looking at their cell phones; they’re muted and having a side conversation; some are even turning off their camera completely. Then you start seeing the “number of participants” icon show a lower and lower number as people quietly disconnect … literally.

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Marketing Plan Development: The Start to Finish Guide For Executives

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When should you start thinking about your next marketing plan? Some see this as a year-end task. In reality, you should always keep working on your marketing plan, and the strategy underpinning it as your operational landscape changes all the time, along with your priorities.

The Corporate Folklorist’s Credo

Duarte Blog

Storytelling is key to a strong brand and culture — if it’s done right. Having a corporate folklorist on staff helps to convey an organization’s purpose and values through stories and artifacts. But since it’s a relatively new function, it could use a credo to inform and inspire good work.

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Forced to Develop Business in New Ways, Law Firms Give Marketers a Seat at the Table

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So much of law firm marketing involved pitching in-person. The continuum extended from the long meal in an upscale restaurant to a presentation on a hot topic such as sexual harassment. 

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Fear of Public Speaking: Reframing “Fear”

Matt Eventoff

“The only thing we have to fear is… fear itself.” ” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fear and anxiety surrounding public speaking is nothing new. Google “Cure for the Fear of Public Speaking” and you will return over 2 million results. 2 million! Most individuals experience some degree of anxiety and/or nervousness prior to presenting.

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Taking Productive Action Now with Brian Fanzo

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “I’m a big believer that you don’t build a following on a social network, you build a community that will follow you wherever you go.” Brian Fanzo Have you found yourself feeling overwhelmed by all of the many tech options that surround us? On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Show, we welcome “Digital Futurist”, Brian Fanzo who will share his insight on current tech offerings and how we can all easily move forward […].

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Become a “Consumer” of Virtual Presenting

DeFinis Communications

If you want to become great at something, you have to immerse yourself in the topic and study it thoroughly. This is true for everything from art and technology to music and even virtual presenting. In fact, for years we at DeFinis Communications have advocated that our clients become “Consumers of Speaking.” This means that you seek out talented presenters and examine their skills, style, and idiosyncrasies so you can learn from them and emulate what they do best.

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An Executive’s Guide to Pricing Strategy Models

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Ever wondered why the two seemingly same products come with a rather different price tag? Well, that’s the pricing strategy in action — something every business works hard to get right. After all, your profits largely depend on how accurately you estimate your customer’s inclination to pay a certain dollar figure for your offer. So buckle up, this is a long post, explaining how to set competitive pricing for the products and services you are selling, using various models and approaches.

Try this 1 mindfulness technique to reduce stammering

More than PowerPoint...

When smart people start to stammer… …it’s often because they’re thinking 10 steps ahead! They’re thinking about what they’re going to say in 5 minutes. They’re thinking about what someone might ask them in 2 minutes. They’re even thinking about what they might forget to say! All that thinking? It’s what smart people do! But thinking about a zillion things while you’re talking takes being “present” out of your “presentation!”

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Madonna - Symbol of How Not to Age

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What was entertainer (or, put more accurately former entertainer) Madonna doing on Instagram supporting hydroxchoroquine as COVID-19 treatment?    The answer might be: Trying to force the media spotlight back on herself. 

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Inside Higher Ed: Connecting With Your Class

Matt Eventoff

For many thousands of students, the new semester, and academic year, is about to begin. Many professors will be speaking to a rapt classroom with eager students who are consumed with their subject matter. Unfortunately, some professors will be teaching classes where establishing a connection with the class is as difficult as finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Please read the original article here. » » Read more.

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Trusting Yourself and Taking Risks with Jason O. Harris

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “I’ve been absolutely blown away by the commitment, by the caring and the conscious endurance and persistence that people have had on the front lines.” Jason O. Harris We recorded this podcast around the beginning of April when we were a few weeks into the COVID shut down. At that time, I was looking for inspiration and ideas on how to keep my listeners moving forward. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker […]. The post Trusting Yourself and Taking Risks with Jason O.

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The Pain of Misalignment

Speak and Deliver

Alignment Amputation Goals Inspiration Motivation Pain Prosthetic Self-Esteem

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Persuasive Speech: Actionable Writing Tips and Sample Topics

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What is Persuasive Speaking? What are The 3 Types of Persuasive Speeches? Factual Persuasive Speech. Value Persuasive Speech. Policy Persuasive Speech. How to Write a Persuasive Speech: The Essential Steps. How to Start a Persuasive Speech: Opening Tips and Examples. What are The 5 Persuasive Techniques? Repetition. Social Proof. Comparisons. Agitate and Solve. Storytelling. Bonus: Address Counter Arguments. How to Close Your Persuasive Speech: Quick Examples.

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Free “How To Write Anything” PDF for social media mention

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

I am looking to boost my book promotion so I am giving away s free PDF book (or epub) of How To Write Anything in return for a social media mention with a link to www.paullima.com/books. I am not looking … Continue reading →

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Broken Supply Chains & Working From Home (WFH)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This Working From Home (WFH) has been going on for a while. Since March, for some of us. But, it's not getting easier. At least not when we run out of what we need to get our assignments done. Last week, I needed to print out documents for a client. Yeah, real old-line stuff.

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